What Will Heaven Be Like?

June 22, 2012 | 5 comments

Every time this snapshot appears on the computer’s slideshow, I can’t help but think of Heaven.

My daughter and I were running in a 5K in my hometown, Marathon, Iowa. And in this shot, we are only a few steps away from the finish line. We are weary, but smiling, because we are almost there. The finish is in reach. We will soon rest. And celebrate.

And my sister stands on the sidelines, cheering us on, reminding us not to give up.

The finish line stretches across the road in front of my childhood church. And there’s a man at the microphone, announcing the names of everyone who crosses the finish line. That man is my father.

“Here they come! Here they come!” Dad’s voice booms as runners approach. Every year, Dad makes a point of naming each runner. He says he thinks that important, that one small act of naming as each runner approaches. And the crowd always cheers.

And that’s what he did for me. That’s what my Dad did for me. He belted it out, like he was proud to introduce me to the others who’d already crossed over. Like he was so happy to finally see me there: “That’s my daughter, Jennifer!”

We love to dream about Heaven, and all the wonders that it will hold. And we get to do that today with our good friends over at FaithRadioNet.com. I’d love for you to join us there, and we invite you to share your thoughts on Heaven. What are you most looking forward to? Who from the Bible do you most want to sit with, sharing stories over coffee? What food do you hope they serve every single day?

Bunk beds or king-size or hammocks? 

Isn’t it fun to imagine?

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by | June 22, 2012 | 5 comments


  1. Megan Willome

    OK. Now I’ll have to put up a story on my blog. It’s just what you’re talking about, only it happened at my old church about 10 years ago.

  2. Linda

    To here Him say, “That’s my daughter…” Just that. It will be more than enough.
    Thank you Jennifer.

  3. floyd

    I tried to leave a comment over at the host sight, but for some reason it doesn’t recognize my wordpress password or email address?

    It’s peculiar how as adults we’re just like kids, just bigger and older, except for this area that really matters. Why not dream and ponder the omnipotence of God? David did. He “mused” the Creator of all. Maybe we get to smart to for our own good… maybe that’s us really getting foolish?

    Great post and wonderful story. And yes, I am completely impressed with the running! Especially from your daughter! Congrats!

  4. Diane Bailey

    I love seeing mother and daughter running together. I love the thought of God announcing “here she comes, Diane is Here!” My as for who I want to talk with…Bonhoeffer, mainly because I’m reading his amazing Bio right now…And I want a HUGH piece of Wedding cake, since I avoid it a good bit in this life!

  5. soulstops

    what a special memory…running with your girl, and hearing your dad announce your name…hmm, who would I most like to meet in heaven…so many people…Corrie ten Boom, Amy Carmichael…so many…blessings to you, Jennifer 🙂


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